'T— The Joarial - Patriot INDEPENDENT IN POLITICS Published Mondays and Thursdays at North Wilkesboro, North Carolina JULIUS C. HUBBARD—(MRS. D. J. CARTER Publisher! im—DANIEL J. CARTER—194* SUBSCRIPTION RATES: One Year $2.00 (la Wilkes and Adjoining Counties) One Year $3.00 (Outside Wilkes and Adjoining Counties) Rates to Those in Service: One Year (anywhere) $2.00 Entered at the postofflce at North Wilkes boro, North Carolina, as Second-Claps matter under Act of March 4, 1879. Monday, January 10, 1949 Starter For The New Year . New Year's resolutions have been the butt of innumerable jokes- And that's quite understandable—most resolutions are made as the result of remorse from an excess of holiday cheer, and are for gotten as soon as the headache goes away. But there's another kind of resolution which everyone should make soberly and sincerely, and carry out conscientiously. A resolution of that character might be phrased in such fashion as this: "During 1949, I will do my part to reduce the dis graceful and unnecessary fire loss which is costing this nation more than 10,000 lives and $700,000^000 a year." There's nothing academic or imperson al about fire. The fact that it never cost you a dollar directly doesn't mean a thing. All of us pay for fire in one way or an other—in the taxable assets it destroys, in its depressing influence on employment and purchasing power, in its consumption of irreplaceable materials, in higher in surance rates, and so on. And, more im portant, the family that never had a fire Cy be wiped out by one tomorrow. Those piles of paper and Rubbish ancii carded clothing—that frayed lamp t:ord you've meant to replace and haven't ■—that faulty heating unit that should have been repaired last week or last year —"little things" such as these are fire's dependable allies. All of them can be cor rected easily. How about doing that now as a starter for the New Year? A Hints On Winter Driving "For safety, winterize your driving" is the advice offered to farmers and other rural residents today by Paul Choplin, county agent for the State College Exten sion Service. Quoting records of the National Safety Council, he said accident rates increase from 24 to 53 per cent during ice and snow months. Some of the reasons for the increase, the agent added, are longer hours of darkness, poor visibility caused by snow and ice, fog and frost on wind shield, and slippery roads—all of which add serious hazards to normal highway traffic. "If you must use your car in severe winter weather, don't gamble against' these odds," Mr. Choplin said. "Be pre pared. Good winter equipment, extra cau tion. behind the wheel, and slower speed .will turn the odds in your favor." The farm agent offered the following "timely tips" to help drivers win the bat tle against winter traffic hazards: "Get the feel" of the road surface when you start out When road surfaces are snowy or icy, reduce speed so you can stop in time. At 20 miles per hour, it takes four to 12 times more distance to stop on snow or ice than on dry concrete. Slow down well in ad vance of intersections or curves and avoid' following other vehicles too closely. Keep windshields and windows clear of Snow and ice on the outside, fog and frost inside. / Use tire chains when snow or ice con ditions prevail. They reduce braking distances from 40 to 70 per cent. Drive with your lights on to combat poor visibility in stormy or foggy weather. Signal intentions of turning or stopping. o . Socialized Medicine's Record Dr. A. Lexnigton Jones, of Christchurch, New Zealand, recently spoke at length on ifhe experience with government medi cin4 in that country. In the course of it, he posed and answered three practical questions which provide a test of the kind of service socialized medicine provides. First, are the people getting their mon ey's worth? His answer was an emphatic .no—largely for the reason a cumbersome and costly bureaucracy administers the plan. Second, has the system improved medi cal service? Again the answer is no. Too many people are consulting doctors un necessarily, on the grounds that they must pay a tax for medical attention and so may as well get it whether they need it or not. As a result, overworked doctors simply don't have the time to give each patient the consideration he should have. Third, has the system reduced the inci dence of disease? Once more the answer is no. Little of the money collected by the government for the medical scheme is used for research work. And individual physicians have little time or incentive for reading, investigation, and advanced stu dy. There are many other arguments against domination of medicine. These are simp ly three of the most important from the people's point of view. Wherever tried, it has resulted in a deterioration of stand ards—and a sharp upsurge in govern ment costs. Exactly the same thing would happen if we were so foolish as to adopt compulsory government health insurance here. , With Governor Scott so definitely com mitted to the proposition of paving coun try roads, Wilkes should lose no time in presenting a comprehensive program of need road improvements, especially on the many county roads which are used so ex tensively used by farmers, lumbermen and others. Governor Scott is expected to get sympathetic support from the legislature which is in session at the time of the year when bad weather frequently makes roads impassable. ■ o • LIFE'S BETTER WAY # WALTER E. ISENHOUR High Point, N. C., Route 4 1 A NEW YEAR RESOLUTION Perhaps one of the best and greatest New Year resolutions that many Christian people could well make, and that would mean much in their lives and the lives of others, would be to pray more. There is nothing more needful than much earnest, honest, sincere praying. It is easy fo talk too much, to visit too much, to spend too much time running to and fro, give too much time to listening to the radio, and to read too much, and to spend much val uable time at non-essentials, but there is little danger of spending too much time praying. The great danger is in praying too little. God wants a praying people, a praying church- There is nothing that can ac complish so much as prayer. Indeed prayer changes things. God moves to work wonders, to perform miracles, in answer to prayer. Sinners are brought under conviction and to repentance through the prayers of God's children, and believers are brought into the exper ience of holiness, in a large measure, be* cause Christians pray to that end. We realize that sick people are healed often times in answer to prayer, nad by pleading the healing blood of Jesus. We believe much in praying for the sick. There are many problems that we meet in life that can't be solved in any way except by prayer. God knows the solution to every problem that every soul meets along the journey, but He only solves those problems as we sincerely pray and trust Him, Jesus said, "Men ought always to pray, and not to faint." (Luke 18:1). O the need of spending more time in prayer, and of praying more sincerely! It is easy to program ourselves to death spiritually, and we are doing this today, but it is scarcely possible to die spiritually by too much praying. A great New Year resolution would be to highly resolve to pray more, then stick to it as the year goes by. We are told in Proverbs, 15:8, that "the prayer of the upright is his delight," or the Lord's delight. This should greatly encourage us to pray more as His follow ers. Whatever delights the Lord is cer tainly worth while. Naturally what He is delighted with means that He sets His wonderful approval upon. Prayer from an honest, sincere, upright soul delights the Lord of hosts. Praise His name. Winter-Grip Tread Being Featured By Wilkes Tire Store Protection agalns tthe hazards of winter driving is provided car and light truck owners with Winter-Grip tread, a new and revolutionary treatment for tires recently developed by The Good year Tire & Rubber Company and announced locally by Wilkes Tire Store. "During a series of exhaustive tests by the company, made on ice and under some of the most! unfavorable winter driving condi tions possible, the new tread proved to have greater skid re sistance and better traction than any tread previously tested," Mr. Swofford said. Winter-Grip is obtained by means of a device known as the Goodyear Tractionizer which me chanically pierces the tire tread leaving thousands upon thous ands of small holes to a depth oi 1-8-inch to 3-16-inches—mor« holes than can be obtained bj any other method. Complet< treatment is accomplished by thd Tractionizer, an ingenious mech anism consisting of two rollers It works in this manner: Rear end of the car is jacket up and each tire in turn is se down between the two rollers which are studded with hooke< edgas barbs 1-4-inch the car, the piercing the tude of. tiny pose sharp ec. The treatment the entire Win normal mileag4 Any tire hax inch tTead des be treated in Swoffora decla long. Powered by Wheel is rotated— tread with a multi pefforations that ex to grip the road, is gauged to last ter season, for requirements. ;^ing at least 1-16 gn remaining can I his manner, Mr. ed. With the Winter-Grip method, tread mileage loss is email com pared to other type winter treads previously used. It takes less than one hour to equip a set 'our tires (pas senger or pick-up truck-tread width maximum six inches) with the new* Winter-Grip treatment. It may be obtained only' from Goodyear dealers. . .* aaSggBg "gg The number of milk cows farms in November was the est for the month in 18 years —y&m TZsFw ears. Jm

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